Thursday, November 26, 2009

Odds and Ends

Until yesterday afternoon I was busy suspending my disbelief. Against all expectations I really enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife. For the first half I had to keep pushing the niggling voice away that was taunting me for reading something that wasn’t realistic… but I thought it was a great idea, very believably executed. (As long as you didn’t try to work it out.)

I had some little elf helpers come over on Monday afternoon to help with the Christmas fascinators. So the hard work has been done and all I have to do now is assemble them. What a relief. I have a horrible control freak trait - that I want to do it all by myself. Thank goodness my friends didn’t stop asking ‘do you want help?’

On Monday evening I went out to the Night Market where we did a bit of shopping and then had a few beers so on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning I’ve been migrainous (is that a word? This morning’s drugs are due to wear out anytime now: I really hope I’ve kicked it into touch.) Ever since we’ve been here (2005) the Suan Lum Night Market has been ‘closing soon’ to make way for a mall (because Bangkok really needs another mall – from where I’m sitting now, in Starbucks, there are eight malls within ten minutes walk.) The night market is lovely and different and not as exhausting as Chatuchak weekend market which I guess is the alternative. The last time I went shopping in the Night Market, it was sad and the vendors were desperate which meant great bargains if you could find what you wanted. This time, it felt livelier and full of funky young designers. So I’m putting that back on my ‘tourist list of things to do in Bangkok.’

Writing? There are only four days until the end of November when this draft is meant to be declared done. Hmmm. Maybe I won’t make that after all. I’m not entirely sure what’s happened… apart from migraines… I am trying to talk to myself sternly to kick myself up the backside.

5 comments:

Flowerpot said...

the night market sounds fab, JJ. And I know - where has November gone?

SueG said...

May I say a slightly subversive thing? I know Nanomowro (whatever...) is a good thing and it gets people really focusing on their work in a sustained way. And it seems to me that you have done that. But I don't get the slavish attachment to a specific word count. What you want, it seems to me, is good sustained work, not just a number. And you have done that. Right? So if life has gotten in the way a bit, and your word count is somewhat less, that's not a reason to feel bad about what you have accomplished this month, which, it seems to me, is a lot. :-D

JJ Beattie said...

Flowerpot, it is fab. Even if I'm not funky, I love to go and see what they're selling. I was happy to see it looking cheerier.

Sue, (what are you doing here? Aren't you meant to be burning the gravy? ;-D) Yes, you're right. It was the weeks in the UK coping with family that put the kybosh (sp?) on finishing at end of Nov... I should relax. I'm a terrible beater upper of self... I'm also a little bit afraid: while it's a first draft it can be crap... when I'm working it over, it's got to get better. EEEk.

Lane said...

Hope that migraine didn't get a chance to take hold. They're the pits.

Agree with Sue - you've accomplished loads this month so well done.

HelenMHunt said...

I agree with Sue as well. You've done an amazing thing - that's all that matters.